Speyside's stroll to the winning spot in the Tobago Zone of the Championship Division of the Secondary Schools Football League (SSFL) was boosted by a decision of the Tobago arm of the SSFL's disciplinary committee to award them three points and as many goals last week.
The ruling came last week after Pentecostal Light and Life failed to provide security personnel at a match its hosted three weeks ago against Speyside, but resulted in the match not being played.
Pentecostal and Light and Life, a private educational institution, could not honour its commitment to provide at least three security personnel at the match venue. The rule of the SSFL states that schools are to provide adequate security officers at its home matches, which includes either police, any type of security officers, or officers of government's National Maintenance Training and Security Company Limited (MTS).
The rule also states that among the three officers, one is expected to be precepted, which means having the authority to carry a licensed firearm.
The school's (Pentecostal Light and Life) inability to provide this, however, led to the involvement of the league's disciplinary committee which took action.
Guardian Media Sports understands that the school could not secure the services of MTS personnel, which is used at all secondary schools across T&T.
Syandene Blackman-Walsh, secretary of the Tobago arm of the SSFL said her committee is set to adjudicate on another matter involving Speyside, which could potentially hand the 2017 Tobago champions another three points, in its pursuit of claiming the zone title for the second time in two years.
This time the matter involves Signal Hill's inability to change its uniform as the home team during a home clash with Speyside.
Signal Hill, a seasoned campaigner in the schools league was unable to meet the rule requirements which states the host team must change if there is a clash of uniform colours.
It is understood that Signal Hill officials did communicate with Speyside before the match programme informing them about their predicament. However, Speyside still sought to travel with one uniform which resulted in a clash of colours preventing the match from being played.
The results activated the zone's discipline committee which will rule anytime.
The Big Five playoff among the winning Championship Division teams begins this afternoon, but the Tobago zone is set to be decided tomorrow.